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Happy 4th of July!

July 3rd, 2018

Good afternoon patients of Christine D. Laster - We want to wish a great Independence Day from our office family to yours! Today we are dedicating our blog to the most-eaten foods on America's birthday, along with the increased likelihood of consumption on July 4th rather than any other day.

  1. Potato salad - Americans are 540% more likely to eat potato salad on July 4th than any other day of the year! Crazy!
  2. Baked beans - 357% more likely to be eaten
  3. Hot dogs - 210% more likely to be eaten
  4. Hamburgers - 117% more likely to be eaten
  5. Pickles - 167% more likely to be eaten
  6. Cole slaw - 150% more likely to be eaten

There's one thing these foods have in common - carbs/sugars! Otherwise known as  the 2 ingredients that create cavities. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it! So with that being said, from us at your dentist, please enjoy your foods but make sure you head home to brush and floss after a great family celebration. Be safe and have a happy 4th!

 

Statistics from CNN Money via Harry Balzer.

http://money.cnn.com/200506/29/pf/food_facts_for_the_fourth/

The Passing of Dr. Don Ferrell Jackson

June 26th, 2018

Hello patients of Dr. Christine Laster. We want to make you all aware of the recent passing of Dr. Don Ferrell Jackson, the very first owner of our dental office location. It is with a very heavy heart that we acknowledge his death on April 25, 2018, at the age of 86.

Dr. Jackson was born in 1931 in Mingo Township, NC, a little ways outside of Fayetteville. He served in the Air Force before attending UNC Chapel Hill for his undergraduate education and then later, his dental education. While at UNC, Don met his wife, Ruth, and they were married in 1958. Dr. Jackson's wife, Ruth, also attended dental school at UNC and upon graduation, they opened the practice we operate out of today. They worked at this practice until their retirement in 1996. We are very proud of his hard work and dedication to dentistry, and the patients we have gained from his legacy.

For the full obituary, please visit: http://www.cremnc.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=2098757

Happy Fourth of July!

June 30th, 2016

Happy Independence Day from Dr. Christine D. Laster and team! The Fourth of July celebrations in America may have changed a lot over the years, but there is no doubt that we Americans love to celebrate the anniversary of our country's independence! Today we're devoting the Christine D. Laster, DDS blog to some fun facts about the Fourth!

  • My, how we have grown! This year the United States Census Bureau estimates that our country has 313.9 million residents celebrating the Fourth of July this year, but back in 1776 there were just 2.5 million members of the country.
  • Our country loves to show how proud that we are of our independence. Did you know that there are 31 United States places with the word “Liberty” in their names? The state of Iowa actually has four towns with the word Liberty in the name: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty, and West Liberty.
  • The United States loves Fourth of July food! It is expected that around 150 million hot dogs are eaten on the Fourth each year. One of the Fourth's most popular sides, potato salad, goes just perfectly with the hotdogs and hamburgers that are standard Fourth of July fare. Some people choose potato chips instead, but we wouldn't have such a plethora of potatoes if not for the prodigious production of the states of Idaho and Washington -- they provide about half of all the potatoes in the United States today!
  • Americans love celebrating the Fourth outdoors: About 74 million Americans fire up their BBQ grill every Fourth of July.
  • The Chinese contribution: Did you know that Americans have spent more than $211 million on fireworks that were imported from China?

No matter how your family chooses to celebrate the Fourth, stay safe, take precautions, and don't forget to brush after your fabulous Fourth feast!

Caring for Your Smile While Wearing Invisalign®

June 23rd, 2016

Getting your braces off is exciting. You’ve been working on your new smile for months or years, and it’s time for the trips to our Raleigh, NC office to pay off. Can you imagine how bad it would be to discover that your teeth are straight, but that there’s decay?

Caring for your smile while wearing Invisalign goes beyond just waiting for your teeth to get straighter. It involves cleaning your teeth regularly and thoroughly to prevent tooth decay. That way, your smile will be more beautiful than ever when you’re done with your Invisalign treatment.

Take Your Trays Out

The first difference you may notice between Invisalign and traditional metal braces is that Invisalign aligners are invisible, but there’s another important distinction as well. Invisalign braces are removable. You can take the trays out, and you should. Remove the trays while you’re eating so you don’t get food stuck in them. Also, remove them while you’re cleaning your teeth so that you can have full access to all the nooks and crannies in your mouth.

Brush Normally

The guidelines for brushing your teeth with Invisalign don’t change compared to braces. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste, being sure to get all surfaces of your teeth. If possible, brush after each meal.

If you can’t, be sure to drink some water and swish it around in your mouth when you’re done eating to get rid of the extra food on your teeth. Leaving carbohydrates, such as sugar and starch, on your teeth opens the door to tooth decay.

Floss and Wash

Flossing your teeth gets out the bits and pieces stuck between them. It’s a time-consuming task when you need to navigate the wires of traditional metal braces, but thanks to Invisalign’s removable design, flossing is no problem. Rinsing your mouth with a fluoride antibacterial mouthwash also helps clean your teeth because it gets into all of the spaces. Floss and rinse one or two times daily.

Cleaning Your Trays

Cleaning your Invisalign trays keeps them from getting riddled with bacteria, and it helps keep your teeth free from excess food. You can use the Invisalign cleaning system, which involves placing the trays in a tub with cleaning crystals. The plastic trays are clean after 15 minutes. You can also ask Dr. Christine D. Laster for other ways to clean your trays.